Mike Brest, Washington Examiner

Mike Brest

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Mountain View, CA, United States

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Recent articles by Mike:

Steven Seagal pushes Russian propaganda, says Ukraine hit POWs in Donbas

Hollywood actor and writer Steven Seagal, who has been a notable Kremlin supporter before and during its war in Ukraine, repeated Moscow's version of events in a strike that killed dozens of Ukrainian prisoners of war. → Read More

Biden signs healthcare bill for veteran toxic burn pit victims

President Joe Biden signed legislation on Wednesday morning that reshapes and expands military veterans' healthcare coverage for exposure to toxins, ending a yearslong struggle for veterans groups. → Read More

Biden signs ratification of Finland and Sweden's NATO bid

President Joe Biden signed the ratification documents to approve Finland and Sweden's ascension into the NATO alliance on Tuesday afternoon. → Read More

Pelosi ‘absolutely’ stands by Taiwan trip despite escalating tensions with China

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) "absolutely" stands by her decision to lead a congressional delegation to Taiwan recently despite the heightened tensions with China that have resulted from her trip. → Read More

Over 400 civilians in Bucha shot, tortured, or bludgeoned: Report

Investigators attempting to uncover the extent of presumed Russian atrocities in the Ukrainian city of Bucha have reached what may be the closest they will come to a full understanding of the massacre. → Read More

Beijing seeking 'new normal’ with continued military exercises around Taiwan

Beijing's aggression toward Taiwan is a part of a broader strategy to create a "new normal," according to a senior U.S. defense official. → Read More

Pentagon projects Russian casualty count in Ukraine to be near 70,000-80,000

Between 70,000 and 80,000 Russian soldiers have been killed or wounded in Ukraine since the invasion began in late February, according to a top U.S. Department of Defense official. → Read More

Amnesty International stands by report that Ukraine is putting civilians at risk

Amnesty International, a human rights watchdog, stands by its report alleging that Ukrainian forces operate near civilians and civilian infrastructure in violation of international laws of war despite a strong outcry. → Read More

Biden administration approves $1 billion military aid package to Ukraine

The Department of Defense announced a military aid package to Ukraine on Monday valued at roughly $1 billion. → Read More

War in Ukraine to enter ‘new phase,’ UK defense ministry says

Russia’s war in Ukraine is about to enter a “new phase" that will change the location of the front lines, the British Defense Ministry said over the weekend. → Read More

Russians deploy Iranian drones into battlefield, Ukrainian government official says

Russia is now using drones purchased from Iran in Ukraine as the war nears its sixth month mark, according to an adviser for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. → Read More

US will be ‘pursuing’ prisoner swap with Russia, Blinken says

Secretary of State Antony Blinken confirmed that the department will reengage with Russia regarding a prisoner swap following an announcement from a top Kremlin official who said the country was "ready" for such talks. → Read More

White House summons Chinese ambassador over continued provocations over Taiwan

The Biden administration summoned the Chinese ambassador on Thursday to condemn China’s escalatory actions toward Taiwan following Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the island. → Read More

US delays missile test amid China-Taiwan tensions

The Biden administration has decided to postpone a long-planned missile test to avoid escalating tensions with China amid already strained relations following House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) trip to Taiwan earlier this week. → Read More

Pentagon official reiterates importance of preserving records post-Trump

Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks issued a memo to defense leaders reiterating the importance of maintaining federal records in light of new reports that the Department of Defense wiped the data from phones belonging to top officials in the Trump administration around the time of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. → Read More

White House expects Russia to try to frame Ukraine for attack that killed POWs

The Biden administration believes Russian officials will attempt to frame Ukrainian forces for the July 29 attack on Olenivka Prison that killed more than 50 Ukrainian prisoners of war. → Read More

Brig. Gen. Patrick S. Ryder named Pentagon press secretary

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin named Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder the next Pentagon press secretary on Thursday. → Read More

UN to investigate attack that resulted in more than 50 Ukrainian POW deaths

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced the beginning of a fact-finding mission regarding last month’s attack on a Ukrainian detention facility that resulted in the deaths of at least 50 Ukrainian prisoners of war. → Read More

Chinese government summons US ambassador for reprimand over Pelosi's Taiwan trip

A Chinese government official summoned U.S. Ambassador to China Nicholas Burns for a Tuesday meeting to express outrage at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) trip to Taiwan. → Read More

Over 10 million border crossings from Ukraine to neighboring countries since war began

More than 10 million people have crossed from Ukrainian territory into a neighboring country in the months since Russia invaded. → Read More